*Joanna Boehnert, Loughborough University, UK
Idil Gaziulusoy, Aalto University, Finland
Dan Lockton, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Ida Nilstad Pettersen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Matt Sinclair, Loughborough University, UK
This track contributes to the emerging field of Transition Design (also known as Design for Transitions) with a focus on the politics of transition, and design’s potential to shift, redirect and transform power relations to achieve sustainability. Transition design is an expanded conception of design, drawing on cross-disciplinary debates from ecological, feminist, post-humanist and decolonial theory to inform sociotechnical systems-oriented design practice at all scales. It has sought to develop inclusive theory to enable ethical and justice-oriented design as a means to address the reproduction of social injustices by design. Moving away from traditional user-centred design to more participatory paradigms, transition design situates the user in the context of larger socio-political and ecological systems. With this perspective, Transition Design integrates system innovations and transitions theories, social practice theory and sustainability science, and builds on the approaches of Design for Sustainability, Service Design and Design for Social Innovation, engaging with the disciplines that describe human relationships in society and the environment such as anthropology, sociology, politics, environmental sciences, science and technology studies, etc. We are inviting papers dealing with theory, case studies, or a combination of both, which cover aspects of this approach to design research, for example:
• Alternative models for the organisation of design practice for transition
• Design practices for the re-organisation of socio-ecological and politico-economic relationships
• Design projects aiming to shift power relations, with a sustainability focus
• Tools and methods for designers working in the area of transitions on issues of controversy
We welcome papers focused on the politics of design for sustainable transitions on all scales.
Boehnert, J.(2018). Design, ecology, politics: Toward the ecocene. London: Bloomsbury.
Escobar, A. (2018) Designs for the pluriverse: Radical interdependence, autonomy, and the making of worlds. USA: Duke University Press.
Gaziulusoy, I., & Erdoğan Öztekin, E. (2018). Design as a Catalyst for Sustainability Transitions. Proceedings of Design Research Society Conference, Ireland, 1041–1051. doi:10.21606/dma.2018.292
Irwin, T. (ed.) (2018). Cuadernos del Centro de Estudios de Diseño y Comunicación, Special Issue on Transition Design.
Irwin, T., Kossoff, G., Tonkinwise, C., & Scupelli, P. (2015). Transition Design: A new area of design research, practice, and study that proposes design-led societal transition toward more sustainable futures. Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Mellon School of Design.
Lockton, D., & Candy, S. (2018). A vocabulary for visions in designing for transitions. Proceedings of Design Research Society Conference, Ireland, 908–926. doi:10.21606/dma.2017.558
Lockton, D., Boehnert, J., & Mulder, I. (2018). Editorial: Designing for Transitions [Editorial]. Proceedings of Design Research Society Conference, Ireland, 892–895. doi:10.21606/dma.2018.008